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Genre
Trace music; Stambolovo music; Balkan Jazz;
Band Members
IVO PAPASOV - clarinet
SALIF ALI - drums
NESHO NESHEV – accordeon, keyboard...
VASIL DENEV – keyboards, violin
MATYO DOBREV - kaval
MARIA KARAFIZIEVA - vocals
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Hometown
Bogomilovo
Record Label
Hannibal / Kuker Music / Messechina Music / Harmonia Mundi
About
Ivo Papasov is a master of the Balkan clarinet whose fiery concerts have been acclaimedthroughout the world. Ivo was first introduced to audiences outside Bulgaria by impresario Joe Boyd who recorded him for his own Hannibal Records.
Biography
Ivo Papasov (clarinet) is a living legend in his own country, Bulgaria, and a phenomenon in the West. Born in 1952 in Kurdzhali, of Turkish Romani ancestry, he... founded the band Trakiya in 1975 and became the leading model of wedding music. Although his music is based on tradition, it is squarely set in the present, with eclectic melodies and dazzling technique. Admired both for his technical and his creative talents, Papasov is known for his masterful, wide-ranging improvisations, his stamina, his daringly fast tempi, his forays into jazz, and his charisma. In 1987, a Bulgarian journalist commented that "the concert hall literally exploded when Ivo Papasov, the uncontested king, got on stage. It was the apotheosis."When jazz pianist Milcho Leviev played a tape of Ivo to his musician friends, they said it must be a synthesizer. Leviev says that he had never heard such integration of musical styles in his whole life: "my temperature rose when I heard him.” Papasov is the subject of a number of documentary films. In 2001 he was featured in the Bang On a Can Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and in 2001 he won the 2005 BBC Audience Award for best World Music artist of the year.

REVIEWS

"Ivo's wedding music, played first thing in the morning, provides thorough and long-lasting attitude adjustment for the busy executive."
FRANK ZAPPA

"Once again, Papasov has his band as well as the listener holding onto the tail of a tiger in this incendiary romp through traditional dance styles given a contemporary facelift."
DOWNBEAT

"It was some of the most wonderful stuff I’d ever heard, and it opened up a whole world for me. I didn’t care whether it sold or not. I was so overwhelmed by the music I had to record it."
JOE BOYD / produced PINK FLOYD, REM, TAJ MAHAL etc.

"With a huge gut and unwieldy frame, Ivo Papasov seems an unlikely source for some of the most nimble and virtuosic music you ll be left in little doubt that he s one of most interesting clarinettists around. He and his band race through numbers based on the complex rhythms of Bulgarian folk dances, grafting on jazzy improvisations."
SIMON BRAUGHTON, editor of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC

"An amazing musician. I still remember the stunned looks on the faces of Dave Sanborn and his band mates during Ivo’s appearance on 'Night Music' "
TON MAAS

One band I’m referring to is a band called Ivo Papasov and his Bulgarian wedding band. Their whole frame of mind when it comes to things like creating melodies and playing on their instruments and using times signatures and phrasing is completely alien. In order to find inspiration to apply to this guitar I studied some of this music and came up with some cool techniques."
STEVE VAI
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Current Location
Bogomilovo / Bulgaria
General Manager
Messechina Music - booking: papasov @ messechina - music . com
Press contact
Messechina Music; P.O.Box 49; 1505 Sofia; Bulgaria
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